The most famous musician born every year since 1930 – 24/7 Wall St.
Almost every year, it seems, a musical artist is born who achieves at least one #1 song and changes the music industry in a significant way.
Every generation has its musical icons. These artists have huge fans, sell millions of records, and create the soundtrack for each era. And their popularity can sometimes wax and wane, those who reach the top often achieve lasting status. (Here are 35 musicians with legendary careers.)
To determine the most famous musician born each year between 1930 and 2004, 24/7 Tempo compiled an index based on average daily page views on Wikipedia from July 25, 2019 to July 24, 2022; Number of Spotify subscribers and monthly number of listeners; sales of certified albums in the United States, as determined by the Recording Industry Association of America; and a custom score based on Billboard Hot 100 performance as of July 15, 2022, in which a week at No. 1 is worth 100 points, a week at No. 2 is worth 99 points, and so on up to a week at No. ° 100 is worth one point. All components of the index have been weighted equally.
Year of birth and place of birth data are from Famous Birthdays. No musicians born after 2004 have been included – but it’s a sure thing that they thrive there and will one day make their mark.
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Tastes changed, careers were reassessed, and the fame of many of the mid-20th century’s most popular artists did not last. Some artists who had chart-topping hits 50 or more years ago have relatively few Spotify listeners today.
At the same time, other musicians, much younger, are probably at the peak of their careers but have already recorded achievements that will be talked about for decades. For example, Taylor Swift has the honor of spending the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – 36 weeks, placing her at the top of the most dominant reigns in Billboard history.